Inland Lakes traveled to Johannesburg-Lewiston on Valentine’s Day, to play their rematch game against the Cardinals. The varsity fought for the win 48-37. It has been a while since the varsity program has beaten Joburg twice in one season.
“I’ve been around the girls program for a long time,” junior varsity coach Tim Morley said. “I don’t remember both teams beating them down there or the varsity beating hem twice in a season.”
With Precious Delos Santos starting her first varsity game as point guard, the team was hoping to switch things up and try something new. The team struggled on both ends of the court in the first 3 minutes, letting JoBurg score 10 unanswered points to open the game. Inland Lakes scored their first bucket at the 6:08 mark and started to get the feel of their offense. Katie Byrne led the team with points with scoring them 16 points, while Hailey Shank helped out by putting up 10. JoBurg had an 11-7 lead after the first quarter.
As the Lady Bulldogs started to wake up and get warmed up, they started to put pressure on the Cardinals, tying the game at 16 half way through the second quarter. The girls put up more shots and started to rebound well on both ends of the court. The team had 34 rebounds total. Shank led the team with 9 rebounds, while Lexi Brendly had 6.
At the end of the first half, JoBurg still held a lead at 25-20.
After half time the girls came out hungry and raised the bar on both ends of the court. They out scored Joburg in the third quarter by 3 points. Both teams were fighting for the win. With the team giving up 12 fouls, it was a very intense game. The girls made up some of their fouls by stealing the ball. Lexi Passion led the team with 4 while Vanessa Wandrie and Mara Clancy both had 3. The girls slowly creeping up 31-29 Joburg.
The fourth quarter was the bulldogs best quarter Inland lakes scored 19 points while letting Joburg score 6. Lexi had 3 assists and Wandrie had 2. The girls shot really well at the free throw line making 17 out of 25. By the end of the night Bulldogs swept right in and took off with the win 48-37.